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This is a collection of four antique stoneware bottles from the United Kingdom dating from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. These bottles were mostly made for ginger beer but some were also exported to the U.S. containing stout or ale. They are solid and very heavy, each one weighing close to 2lbs!
The bottles measure approximately 8.5" tall x 3" across at the base. One pair of bottles is two-toned (beige with brown at the top). One of these is stamped "J Macintyre Co. 1 Liverpool" at the base and was made in England between 1881 and 1889. The other is stamped "Grosvenor 33 Glasgow" and was made by the Grosvenor Pottery Company in Scotand between the 1860s and 1920s.
The other two bottles are a solid beige. One is stamped "Campbellfield 4 Glasgow." It was made by the Campbellfield Pottery Co. between 1827 and 1901. The stamp on the other bottle is hard to decipher.
All of the bottles are structurally sound and appear to be water-tight. I do not see any cracks or signs of repair. The bottles do show wear commensurate with age and use including nicks, scrapes, scuffs, surface dirt and chips. Specifically there is a chip on the lip of one of the beige bottles, and two chips on one of the two-toned bottles (one on the lip and one on the base). There are also many surface irregularities such as glaze drips and bumps formed during the manufacturing process. In this way each bottle is unique and for me, it is these imperfections and variations that make the bottles so interesting and so visually appealing. (See photos for best understanding of condition).
The bottles look great individually or displayed as a collection. They make charming flower vases or striking decorative objects on a shelf or table.